Characters: A Song Of Ice And Fire House Baratheon
This is a listing of members of House Baratheon who appear in the Fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Visit here for the main character index.
For the main Stormlands entry, see here.
House Baratheon of Storm's End
- "Ours Is The Fury"—Baratheon House Wordsnote
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Tropes related to House Baratheon
- Badass: Not always, but the most notable members have been proud and powerful warriors.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Robert marrying into the Lannisters and Stannis with the Florents certainly does not help.
- Blood Knight: The Baratheons are known for producing great warriors and generals and for their belligerence.
- Blue Blood: House Baratheon is basically House Durrandon with a different name and the current royal family.
- Boisterous Bruisers: Most Baratheons note fall under this trope (even Stannis, who is unique in his soberness and lack of joviality about it). The most notable Baratheons use the Nikita Kruschev method of diplomacy of drinking their foes stupid until they make them their friends.
- Byronic Hero: Robert, Stannis, and Renly, each to varying degrees and with different results.
- The Clan: A spread-out and hardly communicating with each other kind, but... yes.
- Color-Coded Characters: All Baratheons are supposed to have the trademark black hair and blue eyes; these traits, or lack thereof, are one of the main plot points of the story.
- Color Motif: The Black in Gold represents the Baratheon's dark side beneath their shiny exterior.
- Dragon Ascendant: Originally the Number Two to the Targaryens.
- One could say they were The Dragon to the dragons.
- Determinator: Deconstructed. They tend to be difficult to reason with, so their stubbornness causes headaches for themselves and others.
- Divided We Fall: Three ways. At least. (And, that's even if you don't count people who nominally work for some factions as part of the "House".)
- It should be pointed out that there's rarely ever been more than one male Baratheon in a generation. The last time there were two, the younger son joined the Kingsguard.
- Dysfunction Junction: The combined psychological and relationship issues among the individuals makes for a lot of miscommunication and barrier-building. It's the downside to having many big and stubborn personalities in the same room.
- Hot-Blooded: Many members of this family seem to be passionate with big personalities.
- Irony: House Baratheon is known for ultra-masculine men, with personalities as fierce as storms, bodies like brick houses, great battle commanders and warriors and the symbol of their house.....is a deer, a grass-eating, peace-loving deer.
- Stags can be scary, you know.
- Their sigil is more hinting at their aggressive, stubborn, head-in-first attitude, as charging stags with antlers can be quite brutal. This is already hinted at by the relationship and behaviour of the brothers and in fact the first thing Renly and Stannis do is butting heads. Not to mention that a stag gutted a grown direwolf at the beginning of the series. Also the stag is traditionally seen as the king of the forest and its antlers as a crown.
- Large and In Charge: Another common Baratheon trait is a tall, broad, muscular build.
- Large Ham: Even dating back to the times of House Durrandon, subtle they are not.
- Lonely at the Top
- The Marvelous Deer: Sigil of their house.
- Metallic Motifs
- Robert is compared to the true steel (moreso before his loveless marriage and incompetent stint on the throne, however). Renly is compared to copper: flashy, shiny, but not much use. Stannis is compared to iron: hard and inflexible, but also brittle.
- Silver is still marked with the Baratheon stag to remind everyone they're still second fiddle to House Targaryen whose dragon sigil is stamped on gold.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Its usually a good idea not to mess with someone with "(W)rath" in their last name.
- Mysterious Past: It's rumored that Orys Baratheon was Aegon The Conqueror's bastard brother, but this has never been categorically confirmed. The surname Baratheon also has murky origins itself, as it might be either a surname, an epithet or an appellation from Dragonstone, the Stormlands or Valyria itself. Other than Orys, there seems that there were no other Baratheons in existence before him or during his lifetime. Cementing their name with House Durrandon and officializing the house name only raised more unanswered questions.
- Only Child Syndrome: Even more so than the Starks, there's a distinct lack of people in the Baratheon family; in fact Stannis and his daughter Shireen seem to be the only trueborn Baratheons left in the world. Ironic given how Robert has fathered so many children, with at least 8 confirmed bastards and as many as 16 illegitimate children, that his House may very well be in its twilight.
- With very few exceptions, Shireen being one of them, the Baratheons seem to have a tendency to produce only one or two sons, just enough to continue the line.
- Pride: Oh yeah. With a hefty side order of Wrath.
- Rated M for Manly: Let's see. Tall, dark, handsome and muscular men, with big personalities, passionate determinators with a long history of producing great warriors and military commanders. Oh, and the hereditary title of House Baratheon is the Stormlord. Yeah.
- Revenge Before Reason: They are fiercely passionate about destroying those who are against them. Even Renly. But Joffrey, a full-on Lannister who tries to act like a Baratheon, takes this Up to Eleven.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The differences in the Baratheon brothers' priorities and temperament causes them big problems.
- Smarter Than You Look: That boisterous Baratheon bruiser who looks like he likes nothing more than a good fight, a drink and a posse of mates to party with? Make the mistake of thinking that makes him thick, and he'll turn that around to bite you. Most in the family are actually damn intelligent and can fulfil the roles of Genius Bruiser or The Strategist when they so wish. Turning the charm on to make those mates of theirs dangerous is also an option for quite a few of them. Even if they may not always choose to do any of this. This pattern has a tendency of repeating in a number of variations down the line.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Baratheons are generally tall, muscular, dark haired with piercing blue eyes.
- Warrior Prince: Stannis and Robert at least.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Robert, Stannis, and Renly. But Stannis especially.
- You Kill It, You Bought It:: Everything the Baratheons have they got by killing someone else. Orys became Lord of Storm's End by killing the last Storm King, Robert became king by leading a revolt and Stannis gained the bulk of his army by killing his brother Renly.
The Baratheons of the Current AgeThe three sons of Lord Steffon Baratheon and Cassana Estermont. Raised under wardenship and Maesters after their parents perished on a voyage back from Essos, the current Baratheons, Robert, Stannis and Renly are among the most influential members that have ever come from the noble house, as the three of them crowned themselves kings. They are noted for not being particularly fond of each other and for being extremely different in their personalities.
King Robert Baratheon
- See the House Baratheon of Kings Landing page
Lord Stannis Baratheon
- See the House Baratheon of Dragonstone page
Lord Renly Baratheon
King Renly Baratheon, the First of His Name
The King in Highgarden
- "The Targaryens called Robert usurper. He seemed to be able to bear the shame. So shall I."
- The Ace: Appears this way to the public, being handsome and charismatic. He's quite a Sleazy Politician, however.
- Agent Peacock: Not to the extent of Loras Tyrell, but Renly is noted to have one of the most expensive and fancy wardrobes in the series, which is part of the vain, charming, and carefree image he uses to gain so much support.Littlefinger: Lord Renly spends more on clothing than half the ladies of the court.
Renly: There are worse crimes. The way you dress for one.
- At Least I Admit It: It's implied that Renly feels something like this about his status as a usurper when compared to Stannis. Renly doesn't seem to buy Stannis's accusation of Cersei's children being bastards, and views both himself and his brother as equally wrong from a legal standpoint in claiming the throne. Based on this, he seems to think Stannis is a hypocrite for trying to mask his intentions with the story of being Robert's legal heir, and dismisses Stannis's accusations of Renly betraying him as baseless, since the actual allegiance he's betraying is to Joffrey.
- Attention Whore: According to Maester Cressen, Renly has loved being in the spotlight since he was a child.It was just the sort of notion that would appeal to Renly Baratheon; a splendid new order of knighthood, with gorgeous new raiment to proclaim it. Even as a boy, Renly had loved bright colors and rich fabrics, and he had loved his games as well. "Look at me!" he would shout as he ran laughing through the halls of Storm's End. "Look at me, I'm a dragon," or "Look at me, I'm a wizard," or "Look at me, look at me, I'm the rain god."
The bold little boy with wild black hair and laughing eyes was a man grown now, one-and-twenty, and still he played his games. Look at me, I'm a king, Cressen thought sadly.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted; the "ghost of Renly" that helped drive back Stannis' forces in A Clash of Kings was just Loras' brother Garlan, wearing Renly's armor.
- Badass Boast:Renly: Tyrell swords will make me king. Rowan and Tarly and Caron will make me king, with axe and mace and warhammer. Tarth arrows and Penrose lances, Fossoway, Cuy, Mullendore, Estermont, Selmy, Hightower, Oakheart, Crane, Caswell, Blackbar, Morrigen, Beesbury, Shermer, Dunn, Footly... even House Florent, your own wifeís brothers and uncles, they will make me king. All the chivalry of the south rides with me, and that is the least part of my power. My foot is coming behind, a hundred thousand swords and spears and pikes. And you will destroy me? With what, pray? That paltry rabble I see there huddled under the castle walls? Iíll call them five thousand and be generous, codfish lords and onion knights and sellswords. Half of them are like to come over to me before the battle starts. You have fewer than four hundred horse, my scouts tell me-freeriders in boiled leather who will not stand an instant against armored lances. I do not care how seasoned a warrior you think you are, Stannis, that host of yours wonít survive the first charge of my vanguard.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A charismatic charmer in public, a sleazy Jerkass in private.
- Bling of War: He's as bad as Loras when it comes to decorative armor, wearing a suit of enameled green armor and helmet, which has intricate golden antlers that can't possibly be any use in a fight.
- Bury Your Gays: Renly dies in A Clash of Kings.
- Cain and Abel: Renly and his older brother Stannis are mortal enemies, though neither one is truly "good" or "evil". Notably, Renly is cracking jokes about Stannis' potential death in battle while Stannis openly mourns Renly after he is killed.
- Character Death: He is assassinated by one of Melisandre's shadow-assassin-baby things.
- The Charmer: As is noted above, people like him. His ability to draw people to him is a big part of what makes him a major contender for the Iron Throne.
- Corrupt Politician: As Master of Laws, he was the Seven Kingdoms' chief lawman and judge. He is also a usurper who knowingly broke the laws of succession.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a mocking sense of humor.
- Deconstruction: Of The Charmer. His charisma leads the Stormlords and Reachmen to support his claim based on superficial reasons, rather than following the law or assessing his competence as a war leader or administrator. The result is that the war against the Lannisters is fatally undermined because the Stormlands and Reach are riven by factionalism.
- Didn't Think This Through: He wasn't killed for his kingly pretensions or his boisterous claims, but rather because he was disloyal to Stannis for no discernible reason other than being petty and ambitious. More than anything, Stannis wanted and fully expected Renly to fight at his side instead of making his own claim.
- Lampshaded by Catelyn Stark, who argues that Renly, unlike Stannis, has never proven himself in neither battle nor siege. Stannis uses neither and still wins over Renly.
- Disc One Final Boss: By the end of the first book, Renly commanded an enormous war host larger than all other armies on the continent put together. It didn't last very long.
- Dumb Is Good: He believes it is; at one point, he claims reading is for maesters.
- Freudian Trio: With his brothers. He's the Ego.
- Hanging Separately: With Eddard in the first book, and with his elder brother in the second book.
- Hide Your Gays: Renly and Loras Tyrell had a sexual relationship. It was handled subtly, because most Westerosi feel that it's not their business what (or who) Renly's doing on the side, and Word of Gay was necessary before some fans would believe it.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: At the end of A Clash of Kings and in A Storm of Swords, Renly is elevated this by the winning Tyrell-Lannister coalition, playing up the Ghost of Renly angle at the end of the Battle of Blackwater. The song "Lord Renly's Ride" is even performed at King Joffrey's wedding, never mind the inconvenience of Renly actually contesting Joffrey's claim as well as Stannis or that he's casually reduced to "Lord" Renly when Margaery, bride at Joffrey's wedding, was his Queen.
- Hunk: Frequently described as a younger Robert: Handsome, as well as "tall and powerfully made".
- It's All About Me: Shades of this. His quest for kingship did not necessarily improve things.
- Jerkass: He based his claim to the Iron Throne on mere technicalities and by having a sharp tongue. Part of it includes his unwarranted badmouthing of Stannis.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He could have just easily trampled over Stannis had there been a battle. Later, most of his troops turn to Stannis when his flimsy claim was inconveniently cut short by his untimely assassination.
- Kick the Dog: He mocked Shireen's appearance often, even before coming into conflict with Stannis over the Iron Throne.
- The Lost Lenore: For Loras.
- Might Makes Right: When discussing the legitimacy of his claim, he's quick to point out that he's got the biggest army.
- Nice to the Waiter: One of his better qualities and reasons for his in-universe popularity. Though ultimately he's not half as meritocratic as Stannis is when it comes to actual opportunities given to outsiders.
- Pet the Dog: His treatment of Brienne.
- Subverted somewhat when Loras reveals that he'd comment on how grotesque he found her in private. Unlike other nobles, Renly does realize her Undying Loyalty makes her valuable as a bodyguard.
- Pragmatic Hero: What he is to his bannermen. He does not care if he loses fiefdom of the North if they join forces against the Lannisters. He doesn't even get to finish the sentence.
- Pride: His biggest flaw.Renly: I have it in me to be a great king, strong yet generous, clever, just, diligent. Loyal to my friends and terrible to my enemies, yet capable of forgiveness, patient-Catelyn: -humble?Renly, laughing: You must allow a king some flaws, my lady.
- The Resenter: Perhaps not as much as Stannis, but it figures into his motivation nonetheless.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!, I Have Money, and I'm Doing What's Right: He based his claim on his very powerful and influential friendship with the Tyrells and the vassal houses of the Stormlands; granted, his offer was so attractive that he even brought people from the Vale into the fold. One of his main arguments is that Stannis would make a terrible king altogether, offering himself as a better choice and usurping his brother's claim.
- Secret Relationship: With Loras, which they can't reveal due to prejudices against it. Several characters are hinted at knowing about it.
- Sleazy Politician: Is one at heart, although he doesn't appear like one.
- The Starscream: Instead of siding with his older brother in the War of the Five Kings, he decided he'd much rather take the throne for himself.
- Straight Gay: Although this isn't known to the public at large.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Towards Stannis, fully intending to kill the man who protected him as a child when their home was besieged.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Stannis misses him for the boy he was and not the man he became.
- The Usurper: Renly has no real legal claim on the Iron Throne, which he acknowledges and accepts, but his belief that Might Makes Right drives him to fight for it anyway.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Renly is remembered as a kind and heroic Lord who came back from the dead to save the Seven Kingdoms from his brother even though he was really just a vain and scheming figure who was impersonated after his death.
- Yes-Man: His only role in the small council seemed to have been to just go along with whatever his brother wanted.
- Which probably didn't help to improve Stannis' standing with Robert.
- Young Conqueror: How he fancied himself.
- Youngest Child Wins: Tried to invoke this trope against Stannis. Robb Stark points out why this is fundamentally absurd in the context of Westerosi society:Robb Stark: Heís Robertís younger brother. Bran canít be Lord of Winterfell before me, and Renly canít be king before Lord Stannis.
King Robert's BastardsRobert Baratheon is known to have fathered - according to Maggy the Frog's prophecy - a total of sixteen bastards, though only one has been acknowledged. Varys admits to knowing of eight. Five have been seen by point of view characters, while two others have been mentioned only in passing. Because of how Eddard words Robert's will, Cersei begins a campaign to kill all of Robert's bastards, but Tyrion stops it after an ugly scene with Barra's mother fighting to protect the baby.
Tropes Related to King Robert's Bastards.
- Boisterous Bruisers: All of the grown bastards shown in the story are said to have an inclination towards fighting and have the physical build to show it. Edric Storm in particular is as boisterous as his father is.
- Heroic Bastard: All of Robert's bastards seen so far are somewhere on the heroic side of things, being pleasant people who often show concern for others.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Much unlike Robert's "trueborn" sons, all the bastards are shown to have striking Baratheon features. They are also very friendly and easygoing.
Ser Gendry of the Hollow Hill
- See the Brotherhood Without Banners page.
- "I never fall."
- The Beastmaster: She's extremely skilled with mules and has trained them to repeatedly climb up and down the dangerous path from the Vale to the Eyrie. Lothor Brune even describes her as being "half-mule herself."
- Boyish Short Hair: Her Baratheon black hair is cropped short.
- Brainy Brunette: Though naive when it comes to the ways of love, she is an expert in her job.
- Cool Big Sis: She becomes one of the female confidants to the 6-7 years younger Alayne.
- Foil: It's a strong sign that Sansa is rethinking past rivalries when she starts actively admiring many traits so similar to Arya's she finds in Mya. Not to mention openly liking a bastard-born girl for the things that are admirable about her and ignoring the Bastard bit: gone are the days where she'd turn to polite ice near Jon simply for his being a Snow.
- Heroic Bastard: There really isn't much meanness to this lass, whatever her background. In fact, she's very grounded, if a touch naive.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: As Robert's child she inherits his blue eyes. Catelyn even mentions in A Game of Thrones how her innocent and happy dreams of love and marriage remind her of Sansa.
- Innocence Lost: Said innocence however is gone, when her love, Mychel, is forced to marry a highborn lady and leaves her heartbroken.
- Invisible Parents/Unnamed Parent: Her mother is mentioned a few times but never seen. The mother isn't even given a name, and it isn't stated whether or not she's alive during the story's events.
- My Nayme Is: "Mya," a variant of "Mia."
- Nice Girl: A little brisk at times, but you certainly don't get Jerkass vibes from her at all. She's doing it to keep you on the straight and narrow. Literally.
- Parental Abandonment: Mya has memories of spending time with Robert when she was young, but then he disappeared from her life and never showed interest in her again. This doesn't seem to bother her too much, at first. Later when Alayne and Myranda are descending from the Eyrie she describes her childhood memories of her father playing with her with great bitterness. It's eventually revealed that Robert wanted to bring her to court but Cersei threatened to kill her if he did.
- Plucky Girl: So very much. Best emphasized by this quote:Mya: A stone is a mountain's daughter. I trust my father, and I trust my mules. I won't fall.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: In her late teens she was deeply in love with Mychel Redfort.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Mychel Redfort had feelings for each other, despite his being a highborn knight and she a baseborn commoner (especially since Robert never officially recognized her). When Catelyn meets her in AGOT, Mya is practically giggling with happiness. Lord Horton, of course, had no intention of allowing his son to marry a commoner, much less a bastard, and so he forced Mychel to marry Ysilla Royce, daughter of Bronze Yohn. When Alayne later meets Mya on her way to the Vale, the older girl is much quieter and sadder, as befits a broken heart.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She has the requisite black hair and blue eyes of the Baratheon line.
- And, if Lothor Brune's comment is any indication, she got a decent enough wedge of the family stubbornness to tide her over. She's also strong, athletic and prefers to be physically active, which are other inherited traits.
- Tomboy: She prefers stereotypically masculine clothing and keeps her hair short.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Alayne's Girly Girl.
- Unkempt Beauty: Alayne is convinced that she would be even prettier if she dressed in gowns instead of breeches.
- What Beautiful Eyes: Alayne remarks on how striking her eyes are.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: For the culture she lives in.
- "My father taught me to fight."
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: "Hey, son, remember how you were conceived when I seduced your mother at Uncle Stannis's wedding? In the consummation bed? Before the happy couple had used it?"
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Edric Storm. C'mon.
- The Charmer: At such a young age, too. According to Stannis he got it from his dad.
- Drop the Hammer: He was given a miniature warhammer like Robert's for his nameday.
- Human Sacrifice: Melisandre wanted to use him as a sacrifice because of his royal blood.
- Like Father, Like Son: Edric is described as having a personality resembling Robert and Renly.
- Meaningful Name: In-Universe and Lampshaded by Stannis:Stannis: Was there ever a name so apt? It proclaims his bastardy, his high birth, and the turmoil he brings with him.
- Nominal Importance: Davos is unnerved when Stannis doesn't address his name and calls him "Edric Storm" as often as possible when speaking of him.
- Only Friend: He's Shireen Baratheon's only friend (if you leave out Patchface.)
- Parental Abandonment: Subverted. Robert not involved in the lives of most of his bastards (he doesn't even know about most of them), but not Edric.
- Put On A Barge: Davos and the King's Men have him whisked away from Dragonstone and taken to Lys in Essos with several knights for protection in order to prevent Melisandre from sacrificing him.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Not only does he bear the classic Baratheon looks with black hair, blue eyes, and athletic build, he has the prominent ears inherited from his Florent mother. Ouch.
- Considering who their parents are, he should actually look similar to Shireen minus the greyscale... Of course, he has the slight "advantage" of being born a male to try pulling those ears off.
- "I'm named Bella. For the battle. I bet I could ring your bell, too. You want to?"
- Brother-Sister Incest: Averted with Gendry, who she propositioned when he came to the Peach.
- Hero of Another Story: Bella and Gendry met without any knowledge that they are half-siblings. They both brushed off their encounter.
- Meaningful Name: Claims she was named for the Battle of the Bells, during which she was conceived. "Bella" could also be the feminine form of "battle" in Latin. It also means "beautiful", as befitting her profession.
- Daughter of a Whore: Bella's mother was a prostitute at the Peach when Robert hid before the Battle of the Bells.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Bella has the thick black hair of the Baratheons. Arya notes that her hair is like Robert's and Gendry's.
- Unproblematic Prostitution: Bella gives off the impression of being completely happy in her line of work and seems disappointed when Gendry doesn't respond to her advances before moving on to another customer who she giggles with.
BarraBarra is the bastard daughter of King Robert and a prostitute from Chataya's brothel in King's Landing. The child is an infant with thin, dark hair. She is said to resemble Mya Stone as a child. She is killed by the Gold Cloaks under Cersei's orders.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Subverted. The City Guard has very little qualms with killing her in spite of being a baby.
- Kick the Dog: She and her mother are completely defenseless against the City Guard and pose no inherent threat to anyone. They are still killed in Chataya's brothel.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Ned Stark argues that she looks like Mya Stone as a baby.
Lord Orys Baratheon, Hand of the King
- "My shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand."—King Aegon Targaryen I
- An Arm and a Leg: Was captured by the Dornish and had his sword hand chopped off by Wyl of Wyl the second time Aegon invaded Dorne. He later paid the debt back by capturing Walter Wyl, the son of Wyl of Wyl, and cut off his sword hand. Then he cut off Walter's other hand and both feet due to interest gathered over the years since his own hand was cut off.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Married the last Storm King's daughter to secure the Stormlands' loyalty.
- Badass: Led from the front during his part in Aegon The Dragon's conquest of the Stormlands. He even personally slew King Argilac The Arrogant in single combat during the Battle of the Last Storm. Argilac had outnumbered Orys' forces two to one and the wind and rain were blowing in their face, and yet he still crushed the last Storm King beneath his boot
- Best Served Cold: He became obsessed with getting revenge against House Wyl after losing his hand. He paid them back by chopping off the limbs of the son of the man who took his hand.
- Body Motifs: Hands.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: King Argilac desired to marry his daughter, the then Princess Argella, to King Aegon I in order to maintain her status as a queen. Aegon didn't desire a third wife but offered his rumored half-brother Orys' hand in marriage instead. As he was (said to be) bastard born Argilac took this as a massive slight, even sending him the hands of his envoy who brought the offer. Eventually the Storm King ended up dying, at Orys' hands no less, his lands and house given to Orys as a reward for defeating him. The final insult was his daughter was eventually handed over to Orys by her own people in a deeply humiliating fashion. And the two eventually fell in love and married anyway.
- Curtains Match the Window: Mentioned as being "black of hair and black of eyes".
- Driven to Madness: Losing his hand to the Wyl of Wyl during the First Dornish War took a toll on his sanity.
- Frontline General: He always personally led his men into battle and could often be found at the thickest part of the fighting.
- Generation Xerox: A dead ringer for the younger version of his descendant, Robert Baratheon.
- Go Out with a Smile: Orys' son Davos said he died content, smiling at the rotten hands and feet dangling in his tent.
- Heroic Bastard: If the rumors of him being a bastard Targaryen are true. The heroic part is there, though. All in all, he was an awesome guy. He was Aegon the Conqueror's Number Two, a great general, a powerful lord, and a Knight in Shining Armor. When fighting King Argilac during the Last Storm, he dismounted and met the king in single combat, on equal terms, because he respected him. When Queen Argella's men betrayed her to him, instead of raping her and taking her as a concubine, he covered her up with his own cloak, offered her food and drink, and treated her respectfully. She ends up willingly marrying him and ruling as Lady of the Stormlands, recognizing his greatness when once she and her father had rejected him for his birth.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Conqueror. Orys was his best friend and rumored bastard brother, and the King respected him above all others. Argilac the Arrogant's outrageous insult in killing Aegon's envoy was doubly so because he honestly thought offering Orys as a husband for Princess Argella was as close as one could come to marrying Aegon himself.
- Knight in Shining Armor: After Orys slays her father in combat, Queen Argella continues the resistance against him. Until her people betray her and send her to Orys naked in chains. Orys wraps her in his cloak, offering her food and wine. A gesture which coincidentally granted her protection from harm due to Sacred Hospitality. She later accepts him as ruler of Storm's End and they marry.
- The Lancer/The Dragon: To Aegon during The War of The Conquest.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Rumored to be a Targaryen bastard.
- Number Two: As Aegon's Hand of the King.
- This received a bitter Call Back when Orys lost his sword hand, as he also resigned as Hand.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Targaryens.
- Irony: Yes, the founder of the dynasty that ended up removing the Targaryens from power, was very loyal to the Targaryens.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: When he defeated the Storm King he is rewarded with Storms End, all it's lands and eventually marries the king's daughter. He even adopts the Durrandon sigil, the black stag on yellow, and their house words, Ours Is The Fury, as his own.
Lady Argella Baratheon (nťe Durrandon)
Lady Argella Baratheon
- See the Stormlands Houses character page.
Lord Boremund Baratheon
Lord Boremund Baratheon
- "Lord Boremund was stone, hard and strong and unmoving."—Septon Eustace
Lord Borros Baratheon
Lord Borros Baratheon
- "Lord Borros was the wind, which rages and howls and blows this way and that."—Septon Eustace
- Alliterative Name
- Arranged Marriage: Arranges the marriage of one of his daughters to Prince Aemond Targaryen. After Aemond was killed during the Dance of the Dragons, he eventually made plans to marry the oldest of the aforementioned daughters to the now widowed king Aegon II, but died before he could go through with it.
- Blood Knight: More so than his father.
- Character Death: He was slain by Lord Kermit Tully.
- Last Stand: Before being killed, he cut down the Lords Darry and Mallister plus a dozen more knights.
- Never Learned to Read: His Maester had to read any letters he received. It is implied that the Maester twisted Rhaenyra's message for the worse when Luke Velaryon arrived to Storm's End, as Rhaenyra was completely sure that she had Lord Borros' allegiance and sent Luke completely unarmed as a diplomat.
- Underestimating Badassery: He dismissed the young Riverlords and ladies who command the Blacks' host at the Kingsroad near King's Landing as no threat to him. They ended up killing him and crushing his army.
Lord Lyonel Baratheon
Lord Lyonel Baratheon
The Laughing Storm
Called the Laughing Storm, Lyonel Baratheon was a knight from House Baratheon who participated in the Ashford Tourney during The Hedge Knight. He was noted for his skill in jousting and his booming laugh. When Ser Duncan was on trial, Lyonel supported him during the Trial of the Faith. He knighted Raymun Fossoway so that he might help Duncan as well.Later in life he rose in rebellion against King Aegon V, outraged that Prince Duncan had broken his marriage contract to his daughter. The rebellion ended when Ser Duncan the Tall defeated Lyonel in a duel and another marriage pact (between Lyonel's heir, Ormund, and Aegon V's daughter, Rhaelle) was brokered.
- Badass: Like the rest of his family, he is well-known for his fighting ability.
- Boisterous Bruiser: And, funny with it. Some of his outrageous behaviour is for intimidation's sake. But, mostly... you get the impression he's greatly enjoying himself by getting stuck in.
- The Champion: To Dunk.
- The Charmer: He is known for his friendly and engaging personality.
- Dramatic Irony: Aegon V had promised Prince Duncan to Lyonel's daughter. After Prince Duncan refused the match and married Jenny of Oldstones instead, Lyonel was furious, breaking all ties with the Iron Throne and naming himself Storm King. Lyonel returned to the fold after he was beaten in single combat by a member of Aegon V's Kingsguard. That member? Ser Duncan the Tall.
- The Dreaded: A light hearted example. At a jousting tournament Lyonel had developed the habit of laughing the entire time he faced lesser foes and then tossing his defeated opponents expensive decorative helm pieces to his adoring fans as a souvenir. After a string of these victories most high born knights were terrified of challenging him to a joust lest they be made a fool of.
- Lyonel Baratheon can be compared, ironically enough, to both Robb Stark and Walder Frey. He rebels against the Targaryens and secedes the Stormlands from the Seven Kingdoms and revives the pre-Targaryen title of "The Storm King" much like Robb Stark, however his motivations is that Prince Duncan Targaryen broke a marriage contract to his daughter who would have been Queen, like Walder Frey. Where the Freys were famous for being opportunistic and petty, the Baratheons were the oldest and most loyal supporters of the Targaryens, and likewise Lyonel went into open rebellion and conducted himself with honor whereas Walder Frey broke the laws of Sacred Hospitality.
- When Robert Baratheon made his mark as a great tourney knight, supporters, as per Maester Yandel, saw him as the second coming of the Laughing Storm. He's a Boisterous Bruiser in the same fashion of his descendant and also rebelled against the Targaryen crown for legitimate reasons. Robert was a direct beneficiary of Lyonel's rebellion since the peace offering made by Aegon V involved the hand of Princess Rhaelle, which, years down the line, gave Robert a claim to the Iron Throne.
- In-Series Nickname: The Laughing Storm.
- The Gadfly: Oh, yes. Not just one to leave the puffed-up and pointless looking embarrassed on the field. He's quite capable of making them openly trip over their own misdeeds, words, oaths and promises, too. Can be oddly Brutally Honest, about it: a prince may be a prince, but if he's also a little snot, he'll be called out for that.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He championed Ser Duncan against Prince Aerion during the Trial of the Seven in order to save Dunk from losing a foot and a hand for attacking Aerion in defence of a commoner.
- Our Founder: He can be seen as this, in light of the recent turn in fortunes for the Baratheons. His unsuccessful rebellion gave them a claim to the Iron throne, which they made good on in Robert's Rebellion.
- The Prankster: When jousting any challenger he felt was unworthy to face him, he proceeded to laugh until he'd unhorsed them. In many instances instead of aiming to knock his challengers off their horses, he often aimed for his opponent's decorative pieces to knock them off or simply chopped them off afterwards with his sword and flung them into the crowd.
- Signature Laugh: His laugh earned him his nickname.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: He inherited the trademark Baratheon black hair and good looks.
- Trial by Combat: Participated in the Trial of the Seven in favor of Ser Duncan the Tall against Prince Aerion. Later he fought against Ser Duncan in a trial to determine the outcome of Lord Lyonel's rebellion against Aegon V.
- We Used to Be Friends: Aegon V and Lyonel were such close friends that they sought to cement their friendship formally by betrothing their children to one another, uniting the two houses. Unfortunately, Aegon's son Prince Duncan had other plans, and ran off to wed his lover in a secret marriage. Lyonel was so outraged at this affront that he renounced his pledge of loyalty and rose up in revolt. Thankfully, he and Aegon were able to patch things up again eventually.
Lord Ormund Baratheon
Lord Ormund BaratheonSon and heir of Lyonel Baratheon. Lord of Storm's End and Hand to King Jaehaerys II, Lord Ormund commanded the Westerosi army during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. He was married to Rhaelle Targaryen (sister to Jaehaerys II), with whom he had a son, Steffon.
- Character Death: He was among the first major Westerosi commanders to fall in the War of the Ninepenny Kings, being slain by Maelys the Monstrous.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He perished in the arms of his son and heir, Steffon.
- Frontline General: He personally led the forces of the Seven Kingdoms into the Stepstones to defeat the Ninepenny Kings.
- Number Two: To King Jaehaerys II.
Lord Steffon Baratheon
Lord Steffon BaratheonSon of Lord Ormund and Rhaelle Targaryen, husband of Cassana Estermont, and father of Robert, Stannis, and Renly Baratheon.
- The Captain: Of the Windproud.
- Character Death: He, his wife, and hundreds of his men drowned when a storm sank the Windproud in Shipbreaker Bay.
- Childhood Friend: Of King Aerys II (his cousin) and Twyin Lannister. They all met at court while young and fought alongside each other during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, although their friendships became strained later in life.
- Good Parents: Stannis remembers him fondly, and his sudden and tragic death within sight of Storm's End had a major effect on his personality. As recounted by Maester Cressen, one of the reasons why he bought Patchface's freedom was because he thought he could teach Stannis how to laugh.